The film Whiplash, came up in conversation the other day. This award-winning film, if you're unfamiliar, it's a story about a drummer in a prestigious music academy and an instructor who is over the top in his expectations of the students. This movie really moved me, though the lead character of the instructor is quite miserable and horrible. Yet, it calls up the question of what motivates us? What pushes us beyond what we thought we could be or do? Often it is the difficulties, the doubters, the antagonist that drives us to that place. In my own life, the times of biggest growth and movement have come from being told im not good enough, not able to play there, cant do something, etc. I owe a lot to the folks who either never thought much of me or who believed that only through this type of unending criticism will you reach greatness.
What motivates you? Has difficult and discouragement pushed you beyond your limits into something greater?